2017 NERFA Formal Showcase Artists Announced

I have been attending the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) since the late 1990s. This annual gathering of artists, DJs, promoters, presenters and fans has been a gathering that has a profound influence on me. NERFA provides an opportunity to meet with old friends, hear “new” artists and to … → read more

Canada Increases Fees for International Artists

Canadians hoping to see non-Canadian acts at coffeehouses, bars and other venues will be seeing a reduction in the choice of artists or a dramatic spike in ticket prices. This will be due to new legislation that dramatically increases the application fees for all non-Canadian acts, raising costs to $275 … → read more

House Aims to Slash NEA Budget

The Performing Arts Alliance is reporting that the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the National Endowment for the Art’s budget, voted this morning to cut the NEA’s FY14 funding to $75 million. This cut is almost 50% less than the current enacted funding level of $146 million. … → read more

Copyright and Happy Birthday to You

MIldred and Patty Hill

Before most people blow out the candles on their birthday cake, they usually sing “Happy Birthday to You.” You know the song well. It’s sung at almost every birthday party. Variations exist in nearly every language. We’ve heard “The Happy Birthday to You” sung by all kinds of pop starts … → read more

Corréo Aéreo joins Real People’s Music

The Award-winning multi-instrumentalists and Latin music duo, Corréo Aéreo, will now be releasing albums under the Real People’s Music record label.  Since 1975, Real People’s Music has represented multicultural and family programming so it is no surprise that Corréo Aéreo has been added to the label. The Seattle-based duo plays … → read more

Lead-Singer Aoife O’Donovan To Play Final Tour with Childsplay

The twelve-person fiddle choir, Childsplay, is embarking on their final tour with lead-singer Aoife O’Donovan. The choir consists some of the best fiddlers in the nation, including Boston Symphony violists and all-Ireland and national Scottish fiddle champions, and the sound is a delightful combo of Celtic and British tradition. All … → read more